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DAVIDSON: Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter, & the Initiating Lie

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Jeff Davidson

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*Originally published August 2020* Black Lives Matter (BLM) came into existence in 2013, right around this time. Three African-American women established the political movement that became known as BLM in response to what they deemed to be a miscarriage of justice and non-existent legal regard for black lives. The spark? For defending himself after his nose had been broken and while his head was being smashed into the sidewalk, George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin, 17 months earlier.

Now that seven years have passed since the verdict, perhaps calmer heads can prevail in reviewing the incident.

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Anyone who claims that the trial was not fair didn’t follow it closely and relied on second-hand commentary. In the face of intense media and public scrutiny, it is quite difficult to imagine a more thorough review of all available evidence by both sides. Most of the media coverage remains to this day highly biased in favor of Martin.

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A compelling police account of the shooting, supported by forensic analysis, revealed that Martin perpetrated “an unprovoked attack” on Zimmerman, first punching him in the face, then knocking him to the ground, and repeatedly bashing his head into the sidewalk, before attempting to grab his gun. Even with overwhelming evidence that Zimmerman feared for his life and acted in self-defense, Martin’s supporters ignored the evidence and haven’t budged since.

Martin’s supporters ignore the time gap between when Martin first spoke about Zimmerman on his cell phone to a friend and when he actually confronted and struck Zimmerman. During four full minutes, Martin had ample time to traverse the forty yards back to his father’s apartment – a 30 to 40 second walk at most. To wit, Martin’s supporters rail about Zimmerman leaving his car, but don’t concede that Martin lingered outdoors for four minutes, and then confronted and assaulted Zimmerman.

A Life of Drugs and Violence

The press has downplayed or altogether ignored Martin’s likely state of mind on this day in which he noticed a “creepy-ass cracker,” following him. Two days before the incident, he had been suspended from school for theft, this being his third suspension. The press described Martin as a ‘sweet’ boy, although he had made videos of himself beating other people and laughing while doing it. He also had boasted online about striking a bus driver in the face.

Martin had been smoking pot, which can impair judgment, when he encountered Zimmerman. The mainstream media downplayed his purchase of “Skittles” and iced-tea. These two items are major ingredients in the homemade production of a hard drug known as “purple.” Martin was a drug user and, as uncovered by investigative blogs, a drug dealer to his classmates.

A highly troubled seventeen-year-old, even with his father present in his life, Martin had embarked upon a life of theft and thuggery. Tracy Martin, his father, was a long time gang member, who introduced his son to guns, violence, and drugs. Weeks before the Zimmerman trial, Tracy Martin’s gang-signifying neck tattoo was altered to disguise his affiliation.

Merely a Short Walk

To ignore Trayvon Martin’s propensity for intermittent violence or to suggest that after he spotted Zimmerman he did not become the aggressor is pure folly. Martin was a football player, with a lean, tough body, standing nearly six feet tall; he was no adolescent. For newspapers, major web sites, and rally protestors to continue to exhibit pictures of Martin at a younger age appearing with gentler features, in his red burgundy “Hollister” t-shirt, perhaps before he embarked on his short life of constant crime, is a gross disservice to society.

Envision others in his situation who rightfully belonged in the neighborhood at that time and had been talking with a friend by phone about some creepy guy in the neighborhood. Might nine out of ten other seventeen-year-olds of any race, build, or family situation used the four minutes available to return home?

The inescapable conclusion: Trayvon Martin was a criminal by age 17 with a history of explosive violence. It is tragic for a young man to be killed heading back to his father’s house when he had, at first, apparently been doing nothing wrong. To the chagrin of BLM founders, the preponderance of evidence reveals that legal system worked as it should and that Trayvon Martin was the precipitating force leading to his own death.

Jeff Davidson is “The Work-Life Balance Expert®” and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information.

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Manhunt Ensues After Possible Ex-Cop Commits Massacre in Texas

Authorities are telling residents to shelter in place.

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The citizens of Austin, Texas are on high alert Sunday afternoon after a massacre left at least three people dead with the suspect still at large as of this writing. Law enforcement has identified the suspected killer, and are scouring the city looking for clues. A massive multi-agency manhunt including the FBI and U.S. Marshals is underway in Austin for an armed suspect wanted for killing at least three people near an apartment complex late Sunday morning. Austin police said that the three lifeless bodies were all adults, including two Hispanic females, and one Black male. They said they believe the suspect is Stephen Nicholas Broderick, who is possibly a former law enforcement officer charged with sexual assault of a child last summer. Austin’s KXAN, citing an arrest affidavit, reported last June that the Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective was on administrative leave following an arrest for allegations of sexual assault. Police had some very specific ideas of what could come next in the case. The Austin Police Department said the suspect was still at large as of approximately 2:30 p.m. local time and is considered armed and dangerous. Police have urged everyone nearby to shelter in place and report suspicious activity. “We are concerned he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave,” Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said during a news conference Sunday afternoon. Police said that the victims were known to Broderick, but did not elaborate any further.  

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Biden Team Sends Stern Threat to Russia Over Navalny’s Health

This is just the latest escalation in the war of words between these two nations.

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While every nation on this planet likely harbors some sort of terrible secret, or some evil underpinnings, no one plays the role of international bad guy quite like Russia does. The enormous nation has no real qualms about the world knowing its business, and Vladimir Putin has held onto power for as long as he as by doing the bare minimum required to keep him from being called a dictator. Beyond that, the nation appears fond of strongman-shenanigans like poisoning and jailing dissident journalists like Alexi Navalny, who is on death’s door in a Russian prison camp. If he dies, US President Joe Biden says that the Kremlin will pay the price. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser warned Sunday that there will be repercussions for Russia if Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies, amid reports that his health is rapidly deteriorating in prison. “We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community,” Jake Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Biden has had a fairly poor relationship with Russia doing his first few months in office, with the two nations issuing not-so-subtle statements and threats in each others’ direction.

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